Just a line drawing, but a lovely fatty nonetheless! Last week was the week of my hands hating me, first my left wrist then my right hand decided to stop working properly. But I’m back to ship shape and Bristol fashion, as it were.
This lovely lady is sporting a fashion stylish in the oughts of the last century, c 1900 to 1905. The drooping bodice is the “pouter pigeon” style, since it looks a bit like a bird’s chest. The feminine ideal in this period was more mature and a bit curvier than the decades preceding. It’s like the young and lovely popular ideal of womanhood from the 1880s and 90s grew up into the mature lady of 1900. Of course, curvy means hourglass shaped, there’s not many examples around of fat women wearing this style, in photographs or paintings.
Throughout history fat women have been the subject of a lot of vitriol about “unflattering” (biggest scare quotes in the world!) styles of clothing. Which is cruel on so many levels when fashions were so rigid and dressmakers were basically only making what was stylish. Especially for evening wear - fat women had two choices. Be made fun of for showing your arms/bosom, or be made fun of for looking frumpy and unstylish.
Clearly, you can be fat, stylish, and awesome.
Oh also? Someday I desperately want to make an outfit like this for myself. The skirt is all pintucked at the waist, so pretty!
ink on watercolor paper, 2013 Anne Lillian